Second Saturdays Explores “Mel Chin: All Over the Place”
The Artifice of Facts and Belief

Join us for the second of four Second Saturdays, a new series of dynamic public programs presented to delve deeper into the themes, techniques, and aesthetics of Queens Museum’s temporary exhibitions. We will be kicking the series off with Mel Chin: All Over the Place on April 14, June 9, July 14, and August 11 from 12-4pm. Each afternoon will feature events produced in conversation with All Over the Place’s four thematic sections at the Queens Museum.

April 14: On “Cruel Light of the Sun”
June 9: On “The Artifice of Facts and Belief”
July 14: On “Destroying Angels of Our Creation”
August 11: On “Levity’s Wounds and Gravity’s Well”

On June 9th, we will be delve deeper into “The Artifice of Facts and Belief”  which focuses on Chin’s works that investigate different approaches to apprehending meaning and seeing the
world. Knowledge, as it is produced and presented, always reflects its source. Chin, a constant doubter of received knowledge, creates works to prompt re-seeing, re-reading, and re-imagining what and how we know. The room-sized The Funk & Wag from A to Z, 2012, transforms engravings that illustrated an old set of encyclopedias into whimsically titled, fantastic new configurations. Works like QWERTY Courbet, 2001, and Shape of a Lie, 2005, are installed on both sides of purpose-built walls, evoking the doublesided nature of truth. “Knowledge is power” is a widely used phrase; but knowledge can also be used to support the structures of power.

Stay tuned for further program details!

NOTE: Second Saturdays will take a break for May 12, as Queens Museum is hosting Open Engagement, an artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. This year’s conference focuses on the theme of SUSTAINABILITY and features keynote presentations by Mel Chin and Lucy Lippard.

Featured Image: The Funk & Wag from A to Z (2012), installation view at The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX

Mel Chin: All Over the Place is made possible in part by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and Ford Foundation. Major support is provided by Sarah Arison, Suzanne Deal Booth, Agnes Gund, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Ann and James Harithas, Ellen and Bill Taubman, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Annette Blum, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., Matthew Cushing, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Thomas Pascal Will Robinson, and two anonymous donors. Additional support is provided by Fairfax Dorn and Marc Glimcher, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Public programs at the Queens Museum are made possible by Surdna Foundation and The New York Community Trust.

 

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